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Court Upholds Domestic Drone Use in Arrest of American Citizen


A North Dakota court has preliminarily upheld the first-ever use of an unmanned drone to assist in the arrest of an American citizen.

A judge denied a request to dismiss charges Wednesday against Rodney Brossart, a man arrested last year after a 16-hour standoff with police at his Lakota, N.D., ranch. Brossart's lawyer argued that law enforcement's "warrantless use of [an] unmanned military-like surveillance aircraft" and "outrageous governmental conduct" warranted dismissal of the case, according to court documents obtained by U.S. News.

District Judge Joel Medd wrote that "there was no improper use of an unmanned aerial vehicle" and that the drone "appears to have had no bearing on these charges being contested here," according to the documents.

Court records state that last June, six cows wandered onto Brossart's 3,000 acre farm, about 60 miles west of Grand Forks. Brossart allegedly refused to return the cows, which led to a long, armed standoff with the Grand Forks police department. At some point during the standoff, Homeland Security, through an agreement with local police, offered up the use of an unmanned predator drone, which "was used for surveillance," according to the court documents.
Grand Forks SWAT team chief Bill Macki said in an interview that the drone was used to ensure Brossart and his family members, who were also charged, didn't leave the farm and were unarmed during the arresting raid.

Brossart faces felony terrorizing and theft of property charges and a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge. Although his charges weren't dismissed, Brossart won a motion to move the trial from Nelson County—which has a population of 3,100—to nearby Grand Forks County.

Brossart is believed to be the only American citizen who was arrested with the assistance of a drone on U.S. soil. John Villasenor, of the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution, says the legality of domestic drone use likely stems from two Supreme Court cases that allow police to use "public, navigable airspace" for evidence gathering.

Domestic drone use has become a controversial topic over the past several months, with Congress directing the Federal Aviation Administration to devise guidelines for proper drone use.

The Coming Drone Revolution: What You Should Know

Nobody knows about what's going on,
With the world and the steel,
The flesh and the bone.
River keeps flowing and the grass still grows,
And the spirit keeps going, nobody knows.
Poets they come and the poets they go,
Politicians and preachers they all claim to know.
The words that are written and the melody's played,
As the years turn their pages, they all start to fade.
The oceans still move with the moon and the sky,
The grass still grows on the hillside.
Got to believe in believing,
Got to believe in a dream,
Freedom is ever deceiving,
Never turning out to be what it seems.
It's amazing how fast our lives go by,
Like the flash of the lightning or the blink of an eye.
We all fall in love, and we fall into life,
We look for the truth on the edge of a knife.
Heavens turn around the river still flows,
Spirit keeps going, nobody knows.

By Dickey Betts 1991
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BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Under Obama, we’ve seen the use of drones over civilian airspace, the increased use of the Espionage Act to prosecute whistleblowers, and the political assassination of two American citizens.

You know what? Calling Obama the same as Bush is highly-inaccurate. Clearly, Obama is worse than Bush!
zappatrust Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's really disconcerting how this is not one of the biggest issues we should be discussing today. How easily inserting the use of these surveillance instruments into our everyday life is just business as usual. Oh look it's a cattle thief on 3000 acres, Hey Ol' Bob over at the DHS says we can use one of his drones, it'll be fun.
1st, thank you for all the favorites I certainly appreciate it. I just put this image up at a new website [link] that I will be contributing to from time to time, an offshoot of [link]
BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, it truly is sad that these thing happen without anyone even batting an eye at it. Drones? No big deal! Full-body scanners? No worse than taking your shoes off! Strip searches for even the most minor offenses? Meh, if they have to. I’m just waiting for the day when we see the headline that declares that all citizens need to have barcodes tattooed on their head or microchips implanted into their brain. You know we’re nearly at that point. Might as well be.
zappatrust Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not going to pretend that I'm a scholar or even mildly understand Alexis de Tocqueville but to me many of his quotes seem quite relevant today. When I was making this image I came across this one and was going to try and work it in but...
After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the government then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small, complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence: it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.
BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually read that essay awhile ago in “The Libertarian Reader,” which is a compilation of different liberty-minded selections by great minds such as Tocqueville along with Jonh Locke, J.S. Mill, Thomas Paine, Adam Smith, Ludwig Von Mises, and Murray Rothbard. Good read. Great selection. I highly suggest everyone to read it.
zappatrust Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks BlameThe1st I am writing that down.
BlameThe1st Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good for you! ;)
Gryphon2001 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
The Drones Fly from Identifiable Bases... They are Operated by Identifiable persons... How Hard is it to Find their Families????
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